My Dream ‘Invaluable’ Book Shelf

My Dream 'Invaluable' Book Shelf

Helllllo readers, little odd to be writing to you on a Wednesday but I have a really lovely post to share with you today. I was contacted by Invaluable.com (a website that specialises in auctions of collectible items) and asked whether I wanted to have a browse through their bookish sections and come up with my dream purchases.

Sorry, antique books and shopping online? *eeee.* Here are a couple of the wonderful lots they have for auction that I would adore to get my little mitts on.

Lot 118: A. C. Doyle, The Adventures & The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Not only are these book utterly stunning to look at but they’re first editions. Sighs. If anyone wants to buy these for me I might just adore you for forever and a day.

Lot 229: [Dodgson (Charles Lutwidge)], “Lewis Carroll”. – Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

These are so beautiful *cries gentle.* I adore books with covers that really emulate the contents of the book but these really are just a little perfect. I would adore looking after these and looking inside the crisp pages.

Lot 123: Grahame (Kenneth) – The Wind in the Willows,

I think many of the books I would want to own revert back to my adoration of books as a child and this one definitely links to this. I used to love listening to this story and have been tempted a number of times to go and find a copy and give it another read. I think this copy is really beautiful and would take pride of place on my bookshelf.

Lot 162: Robinson (William Heath).- Shakespeare (William) – A Midsummer Night’s Dream,

Finally I have a picked a beautiful classic; who doesn’t like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, wait don’t answer that everyone does right? Once again the cover is sublime and as I know the contents is just as perfect I really must not favourite this and bid after a glass of wine or two.

Four picks from the wonderful site invaluable.com. I really would recommend having a little look around because the choice is so varied; vintage, signed books and really rare first editions for prices that won’t blow your budget. If you’re looking for a really special present, a rare book or something to treat yourself it is definitely worth a wander.

(All images taken from Invaluable.com and all auctions were live at time of posting!)

30 Day Book Challenge!

 

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Afternoon my lovely fellow bloggers! So my I’m not feeling to great today my tummy feels like a washing machine but I am powering on and blogging to you! To attempt to help my struggling tummy there is a steaming pan of tomato pasta bubbling and it smells gorgeous! So I had better hurry so I can devour it in a minute. So, the question for today is favourite male character. I took me ages to think of this and I have no idea why! My favourite male character would have to be Sherlock Holmes! Hands down! When I hit the ages of around 11 I came obsessed with Sherlock reading as many titles as physically possible! Sherlock is such a mysterious and eccentric character! 

Although in his methods of thought he was the neatest and most methodical of mankind… [he] keeps his cigars in the coal-scuttle, his tobacco in the toe end of a Persian slipper, and his unanswered correspondence transfixed by a jack-knife into the very centre of his wooden mantelpiece… He had a horror of destroying documents…. Thus month after month his papers accumulated, until every corner of the room was stacked with bundles of manuscript which were on no account to be burned, and which could not be put away save by their owner.

What appears to others as chaos, however, is to Holmes a wealth of useful information. Throughout the stories, Holmes would dive into his apparent mess of random papers and artefacts to retrieve precisely the specific document or item he was looking for. Watson frequently makes note of Holmes’s erratic eating habits. The detective is often described as starving himself at times of intense intellectual activity, such as during “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder”, wherein, according to Watson:

[Holmes] had no breakfast for himself, for it was one of his peculiarities that in his more intense moments he would permit himself no food, and I have known him to presume upon his iron strength until he has fainted from pure inanition.

He is eccentric and also odd but also incredibly clever and his sure that is the pure brilliance of Sherlock and why he is the my favourite male character. 

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